Algoma Public Health
All Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Nurse health services are free, confidential and by appointment only (except for of drop-in birth control purchasing). Appointments are available in person and over the phone. Hours may differ depending on availability at each APH office. Nurse Practitioner clinic services are available over the phone as well as in person at the APH office in Sault Ste. Marie.
Available Clinic Services
Algoma Public Health does not assess or treat the following:
- Urinary tract infections
- Sexual dysfunction (erection and arousal difficulties, timing of ejaculation, low libido)
- Fertility, miscarriage, or menopause
Please seek assessments through your primary health care provider, a local walk-in clinic (SSM), or attend the Sault Area Hospital Emergency Room.
|Type of Program/Services||What does this service currently look like?|
|Free condoms||Free condoms are available for pickup at main reception at your local health unit office, no appointment needed.|
|Routine Pap Tests||If you have a primary care provider, please request a routine pap test from them. If you do not have a primary care provider, call to book an in-person appointment.|
|Birth Control, Intrauterine Contraceptives (IUCs) insertions/removal, Nexplanon, Refills, Purchasing||
Call to schedule an appointment. For birth control refills, you can contact your ordering provider and ask for a valid prescription to be faxed to APH.
To purchase birth control, visit APH during birth control purchasing hours.
|Emergency Contraception||Call our Sexual Health and Information Lines (SHIL) to speak with a public health nurse. They will talk to you about which emergency contraception is best and available|
|Pregnancy testing||Call to schedule an appointment.|
|Routine STI Testing||Call to book an in-person or telephone appointment.|
|STI, Syphilis, Hep C, and HIV testing for people with symptoms or who are named contacts||Call to book an in-person appointment.|
|HIV Testing||Call to schedule an in person or telephone appointment. Appointments are available for standard HIV testing, Point of Care HIV testing and anonymous HIV testing|
|Herpes||Call to book an in-person appointment if you are currently having an outbreak. APH does not offer routine blood testing for herpes.|
|HPV/Molluscum||Call to book an in-person appointment for initial assessment. A physical exam is required for diagnosis.|
What to expect at your appointment
- Bring your health card if you have one
- If a urine sample is being collected, do not empty your bladder for 2 hours before your appointment
- When you arrive at APH, check in at front reception